Writers take a gazillion notes. I don’t have to tell you this, because you know all about it. You also know how difficult it is to organize notes, search through paper notes, and sometimes even find all the notes you've written.
In this blog, I'm going to show you how to be note-efficient.
The first step in getting note-efficient is finding the right software. For writers, finding a software that will meet all of our needs is like trying to pick a toothpick from a sea urchin... under 10 feet of water... in shark infested...
In the name of efficiency (which leads to more time for writing), we have to make a choice. I say to you, today, we will be together in the cloud! Here's how.
After trying a number of software options for organizing my writing research and outlining my novels, I was getting discouraged. Then I tried OneNote! For me, the app has been such a revolutionary organizer, I'm writing a book about it. Here's why I love it.
It has an easy-to-use interface (no headaches, self-esteem damage, confusion, trying-and-giving-up in despair, AND no need to take a course to learn how to use it).
It will import your material from other software like EverNote, Excel, Microsoft, the web etc.
It has a deep hierarchy (levels of storage), which allows you to keep filing and splitting off that filing and filing some more. (No deleting, recreating, and duplicating unnecessarily).
It's accessible from multiple platforms and devices (from your phone, desktop, laptop etc.) because it stores on the cloud.
How TO Download OneNote
- If you have a Microsoft Office license, OneNote is in your programs. Click your "start" menu on the bottom left of your Windows screen and search OneNote.
- If you are using a mobile device, OneNote is available free through your app store.
- If you have a WindowsLive, Hotmail, or Outlook e-Mail account, you can download OneNote free from Microsoft.
- Download now by going to http://www.onenote.com/Download
- Follow the instructions.
- Open Notebook
- Select "New"
- Type in the Notebook Name. I used the name of my novel, The Fergus She 1984 The Scarlett Resurrection.
Once you are in the Notebook, you can start building your sections and pages.
- Select “File”, and then “Settings”, and then “Properties”
- Set your OneNote up for “Cloud” sharing if you are going to access it from more than one device.
- Go to the page you want to insert a file into.
- Select "insert" for MS Excel or "attach" for MS Word.
- Your other option is "file printout" for showing an image or doc file.
- Run your mouse over the top left of the document showing on your NoteBook page until you see the word "edit". Click it.
- Your original file will pop up on the screen, as you can see above.
- Make a change. I added a colour to row 5 column 1.
- Click "save" in your original file.
- The change will then appear in your NoteBook version.
As a fellow writer, I really hope you find OneNote to be as functional and easy as I did. If you have any trouble, click the "help" link on the taskbar or do a search in Google.
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